Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning ensured Australia victory over Sri Lanka in Women's World T20 2016 © Getty Images
Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning ensured Australia victory over Sri Lanka in Women’s World T20 2016 © Getty Images

An easy clinical batting performance by Australia Women lead them to 9 wicket win over Sri Lanka Women in Match No.13 of T20 Women’s World Cup 2016, assuring them continuation in tournament. Australia comfortably cruised through 124 chase with 2nd wicket 109-runs partnership secured by skipper Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani. Elyse was named Player of the Match with 39-ball 53 runs with 9 fours. Skipper also contributed her bit with 53-ball 58 with 8 fours at strike rate of 105.66. Sri Lanka managed to get rid of Alyse Healy early on in the game with Ranaweera giving the breakthrough. But Sri Lanka could not control the spill of runs that showed them the way out of tournament. LIVE CRICKET BLOG: Australia Women vs Sri Lanka Women, T20 Women World Cup 2016, Match No.13 at Delhi

Elyse and Meg played controlled and well timed innings, ensuring they win the match. Sri Lanka fumbled on the field and lacked the skills to stop runs or free runs conceded. Alyse managed to put up just 14 within first four overs, but mis-timed the spell of Inoka Ranaweera and grabbed the first wicket for Sri Lanka. Alyse ended her innings with two consecutive boundaries in that over. It was time for skipper to enter the crease and take charge of the match. Elyse and Meg were taking turns to play the boundaries and secured a much needed partnership for Australia of 109 runs. Highest in Women’s T20 World 2016 so far. Meg completed her half-century just after Elyse received her. Their calm playing nature lead them to crucial win within 17.4 overs. READ: T20 Women’s World Cup 2016: Australia’s spin restricts Sri Lanka to 123 for 8

Earlier, Sri Lanka made a decent comeback with Chamari Atapattu’s 32-ball 38, sticking through until 14th over. While, Dilani Manodra also contributed her bit of 38 from 35 leading Sri Lanka to 80 by 10th over. After the captain made her way through the exit door, Sri Lanka started crumbling with consecutive wickets falling and the runs restricted at every over. Once again the spinners played the trick for Australia with Megan Schutt and Kristen Beam picking two apiece. As for the points table, Australia go past South Africa and comfortably enjoy the second spot.

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka Women 123 for 8 in 20 overs (Chamari Atapattu 38, Dilani Manodara 38; Megan Schutt 2 for 25, Kristen Bean 2 for 25) lose to Australia Women 125 for 1 in 17.4 overs (Elyse Villani 53, Meg Lanning 58; Inoka Ranaweera 1 for 27) by 9 wickets


(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)